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Savior Needed

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23
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In America we often live under the delusion of self-sufficiency. We rebuff the help of a person at the elevator and instead shift the weight of boxes in our hands and swing our foot up to hit the button we need. We talk about picking ourselves up by our boot straps, never realizing the boots were a gift and only fools attempt life on their own. Then, when tragedy strikes, we suddenly realize we need help. We face illnesses, we lose people we love, or we need another’s expertise. Our lives oscillate between self-sufficiency and the recognition we need help. Our spiritual lives sometimes look the same way. We seek our own righteousness in various ways—service, meditation, charitable giving—but then we get knocked on our rear and realize we need something stronger. And back and forth we go.

you can't fix this

So far in this study we have talked about the goodness of God, our image bearing, and then where it all went wrong. We have talked about the cosmic sin all around us, the sin within us, and the distance this sin puts between us and God. And this week we have discussed that the law and behaving better cannot save us. At this point, you might be brainstorming other ways to fix your brokenness—your need for control, your inability to restrain your appetite, your lust for others. You might think perhaps if you work toward good in your community maybe that will manifest goodness in your own life. Or, maybe you think there is a cosmic balance somewhere in the universe that weighs out your good qualities with your bad ones, and you are hoping to add to the good column through financial gifts, volunteering, or being kind to your neighbor. Friend, you cannot save yourself. Only God can do that.

God, being rich in mercy, never asks us to try to be good enough for him. He knows we will die from exhaustion. Let the gospel free you from this burden.

god saves

The gospel declares the good news that only God can save. You might be wondering why this is good news. If we needed to save ourselves, how much effort would that take? How much work would you need to put in to overcome the cosmic gap between God’s perfect standard of righteousness and your brokenness? The good news of the gospel declares that every person falls short of God’s perfect standard, which means we can stop trying to earn something that is impossible. It was always a fool’s mission to try to make ourselves righteous. The gospel frees us from even trying. We will never be good enough to satisfy the just wrath of God for our sins and brokenness. Like throwing pennies at a billion-dollar debt, our goodness simply falls woefully short of God’s standard. God, being rich in mercy, never asks us to try to be good enough for him. He knows we will die from exhaustion. Let the gospel free you from this burden.

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How do you see our inability to save ourselves as good news? Have you ever considered it from that angle?

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If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
1 Corinthians 13:2-3,14:30 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%2013:2-3,14:30&version=NIV
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
1 Corinthians 13:2-3,14:30 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%2013:2-3,14:30&version=NIVIf I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.
1 Corinthians 13:2-3,14:30 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%2013:2-3,14:30&version=NIV

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Philippians%204:13&version=NIV

I understand the concept of not needing to "do" anything to be saved…that it is a GIFT. But it is still hard for me to trust deep down that I don’t need to "do" more. I am so worried too often about doing the "right" thing. I want to remember that I am enough and take comfort in the good news that no effort on my part can "earn" forgiveness and salvation. I need something stronger than myself, something greater than anything I can ever do or become.

It’s so freeing!! Knowing that I don’t have to hustle to earn the free gift of grace takes off the pressure and heavy burden of striving to earn it. All I have to do is believe and receive it! Thank you, Jesus!

Freedom and relief when I believe it and actually live it out.
I have always been taught it from that angle.

Relief! Freedom! It allows me to experience life with and through god. It releases me from a prison of perfection and never measuring up. As I live this out it takes practice to live in the inability which is remembering always His love and mercy is always available to me. I just have to get out of my own way!

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